Inshallah, the 130+ voice choir based at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by publishing Sing the Circle Wide, a songbook of 70 local and global songs. A book launch and worship event is to take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in Waterloo, on Nov. 5.
“The songs and stories that have ‘widened our circle’ will be the focus of the evening celebration,” says Debbie Lou Ludolph, director of the choir and the seminary based Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song.
Inshallah sings songs of joy, and prayers for peace, from around the world, she adds.
“We are grateful to be able to celebrate our 10 years with a songbook that not only captures the Inshallah journey, but makes the songs we have learned accessible.”
Free-will donations will go towards sending songbooks to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and to fund education scholarships for Palestinian students. Ludolph says the idea for Inshallah was born during a study trip to the Holy Land, in 2007, when a local woman gave Ludolph 20 Arabic songbooks.
“We are excited to let them know we have been singing for peace and justice in Palestine and Israel for these 10 years,” Ludolph says.
The program will feature the first public celebration by the multifaith, multicultural children’s choir Inshallah Kids. The evening will also include presentations by Rev. Dr. Michael Pryse, bishop of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and Rev. Dr. David Pfrimmer, who served as principal-dean of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Inshallah’s founding.
For event inquiries contact Dorinda Kruger Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519.884.0710 x.3241.
Mirko Petricevic, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary
T: 519.884.0710 x2162
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